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April 18. 2014 9:55PM

Hooksett plans transfer station open house, cleanup for Earth Day

HOOKSETT — To celebrate Earth Day, the Hooksett Recycle and Transfer Department and Community Development Department are holding a series of events aimed at preserving the town’s natural beauty.

An open house to educate local residents and children on the benefits of recycling and proper waste disposal is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the Hooksett Recycle and Transfer Facility at 210 W. River Road.

The event includes a short video, which shows residents what happens to recyclables after they’re collected from the curb, a “Touch a Truck” exhibit featuring town equipment and big rigs for children and a mobile shredder truck from Northeast Record Retention for adults.“This has been going on for a few years now and people really like the paper shredding because you can bring in your confidential documents and they’ll shred them right there on site for you,” said Hooksett Assistant Town Planner Carolyn Cronin, who is helping coordinate the Earth Day activities. “And we’ll have all sorts of drawings and prizes for all ages and games for the kids. It’s a really nice way to get community members to come out for a fun event.”Earlier in the day, from 9 to 11 a.m., the Community Development Department and Recycle and Transfer Department partner with the Hooksett Conservation Commission to host a riverside litter clean-up effort at Lambert Park, near the dog park and district courthouse on Merrimack Street.“We don’t get to work together often, so it’s kind of nice bringing these departments and commissions together in a positive collaborative effort, and we encourage residents to come out and enjoy the morning with us and help out,” said Cronin. “We’ve never had a town sponsored cleanup, so we kind of figured we didn’t want to ask people to do stuff we weren’t doing ourselves.“It’s not like there are parts of town that are really polluted. I mean, we already have groups (such as the Lions Club and Kiwanis Club and local Boy Scouts) that already participate in roadside cleanup and maintenance of town roads and trails, so we didn’t want to step on their toes, which is why we decided on Lambert Park,” she added. “There is some trash that was buried under all the snow this winter and some caught up along the river banks, and it seems like there are some areas that look like dumbing grounds for (teenagers and young adults) with plastic bottles and cans and empty cigarette packs, things of that nature.”Cleanup supplies will be provided, though volunteers are encouraged to wear work gloves and protective footwear.In addition, the Hooksett Recycle and Transfer Department is sponsoring a community-wide effort encouraging residents, neighborhoods, businesses and local organizations to coordinate roadside litter cleanups. Blue trash bags from “New Hampshire the Beautiful” are available at the Recycling and Transfer Department, which is offering to pick up the full bags upon notification of their location.The following week, May 5-9, the Recycling and Transfer Department is collecting bagged leaves and grass. Only biodegradable brown lawn and leaf compost bags will be picked up at the curb on residents’ regularly scheduled rubbish pickup day.

No brush, tree limbs, stones or trash should be placed in the bags. Residents who don’t use the special compost bags may bring the material to the Hooksett Recycle and Transfer Facility where it is accepted at any time.

To obtain blue bags or compost bags, or for additional details, contact Diane Boyce at 669-5198. Those interested in volunteering for the Earth Day cleanup at Lambert Park, or those who’d like additional information about any of the aforementioned events, should call Cronin at the Community Development Department at 268-0279 or email her at CCronin@Hooksett.org.

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